For the upcoming 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Berlin House of Representatives has organized several cultural and other events. They include two exhibitions, guided tours, movies, workshops and discussions, as well as a ceremonial act.
Since July 3rd, 2019, an exhibition entitled ‘From the Peaceful Revolution to the German Unity’ is taking place right in front of the Berlin House of Representatives. It will last until September 11th. This exhibition commemorates the protests against the last falsified municipal elections in the GDR, the escape of hundreds of GDR citizens through Hungary in the summer of 1989 and the large protests in East Germany in the fall of that same year.
On September 18th, that exhibition will be replaced by another one called ‘Wall Pictures’, at the same location. The House of Representatives will show private photographs of the Wall and the fall of the same, as well as other pictures. This second exhibition will end on November 20th.
Starting on September 7th, the Berlin House of Representatives will show ‘Tuesday Movies’ inside its building. Of course they are all about the Wall, its fall, and life on both sides of it. The whole thing starts with eight short films. One of them includes countless pictures, one per second, taken from an apartment building in West Berlin of one in East Berlin. The Wall stands between them. This one’s title, ‘Ein-Blick’, is a word game which does not work in English.
On the following Tuesdays, full length motion pictures will be screened, including ‘Der Himmel über Berlin’ by Wim Wenders, filmed in 1987. At that point nobody would have believed that the Wall would fall two years later. Back then, only angels could cross from East to West.
An episode of the Eastern German detective series ‘Polizeiruf 11’, filmed in 1990, is part of the program too. This one is about a criminal who hides among protesters in the GDR. The star of the series, police officer Beck, gets into a “rethinking process”, like everyone else, shortly before the German reunification.
Guided Tours and Photography
The peaceful revolution and the fall of the wall are also the subject of special guided tours in and around the House of Representatives building. People can register for those at the House itself. The same applies to photography tours for students.
A public discussion with the former Governing Mayors Eberhard Diepgen, who was in office from 1984 to 1989 and from 1991 to 2001, and Walter Momper, who ruled Berlin from 1989 to 1991, during the reunification process, is scheduled for September 7th.
A few days before, on September 2nd, the Bundestag’s President Wolfgang Schäuble will visit the House of Representatives. He will talk to editors of school magazines about the status of unified Germany, 30 years after the fall of the Wall.
A big ceremonial act at the House will follow on November 8th. This event concludes the festivities leading up to the actual anniversary on November 9th.
In the meantime, President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is planning a series of discussion events, mostly for a small, exclusive audience.